50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Horror buffs looking for a novel twist on genre formulas should look elsewhere, but this body-count potboiler about a sinister video game and the poor dopes who make the mistake of playing it is the movie equivalent of junk food: It's not good, but it's predictable and even satisfying, in a low-expectations way.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A passable horror-thriller for the young crowd, assuming a movie can lure them away from PlayStations.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There's a fascinating and terrifying story to be told about Elizabeth Bathory, the dramatically depraved 17th century sadist known as the Blood Countess.....This ain't it.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Here's a movie that tries to be a video game but is less entertaining than a vending machine.
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38

Boston Globe

Always the way in horror flicks: These first scenes, when the characters are being tenderly established and the concept is still young, are the best.
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30

Film Threat

I never really expected something so utterly lame-brained. Though, the film is not as awful as I've heard, it's quite possibly the laziest script I've ever seen.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Works better as unintentional comedy than horror.
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20

Empire

A cool idea rapidly falls apart. A completely missed opportunity.
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16

Entertainment Weekly

Videogames are no longer brainless, so why are videogame movies so slow to evolve?
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12

New York Post

Stay Alive is D.O.A, a notion of an outline of a rough draft of a killer video-game flick.
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24 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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